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Important 1849 map of the Sacramento Valley & California Gold Region

Place/Date: Washington, D.C. / 1849
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Title: The Sacramento Valley from The American River to Butte Creek, Surveyed & Drawn by Order of Gen.l Riley…by Lieut Derby…September & October 1849
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
44.5 x 55 cm (17.5 x 21.5 in)
Identifier
NL-00618
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG

Description

Detailed map showing Sacramento and points north, published in United States, Senate Executive Documents No. 47, 31st Congress, 1st Sess., 1850. Rept. of Sec. of War, “Topographical Memoir Accompanying Maps of the Sacramento Valley, &c….”

Derby accompanied Brigadier General Bennett Riley on a tour of the gold districts in the summer of 1849, and this map is the result. It thus one of the first California Gold Rush maps based on actual observation — and the accuracy and detail are evident.

Cartographer(s)

George Derby

George Horatio Derby, born at Dedham, Massachusetts, April 2, 1823, graduated from West Point in 1846, and after a tour of duty in the East and Middle West, came to California in 1849. He accompanied Brig Genl. Bennet Riley on a tour of the gold districts during the summer of that year, and his Sketch of General Riley’s Route was the result of that journey.

Condition Description

Some expert repairs in the margin and a few spot of soiling, but the map image is clean and bright.

References

Wheat (Gold Region) 149.

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